RONNIE ROMERO – Raised on Radio

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Ronnie Romero Official Site – Startside | Facebook The inhumanly skilled vocalist Ronnie Romero possesses a pair of lungs that are not of this world, which explains why legendary guitar-slingers such as Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, and Adrian Vandenberg have all employed the gifted singer from time to time. “Raised on…

WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER & EUROPE – 14.05.2022 – Newcastle

VENUE: Utilita ArenaDATE: 14.05.2022 ORGANIZER: Live NationPHOTOGRAPHER: C. NepperPhotos copyrights belong to the photographer. No unauthorized usage allowed. Please contact photographer if you wish to reuse images in any context.   The day had finally arrived where my better half and I (and roughly eleven thousand other fans) were to witness a most impressive line-up…

JOE SATRIANI – The Elephants of Mars

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Joe Satriani – home Legendary guitar-wizard Joe Satriani hardly needs any introduc­tion as such, so let us instead cut right to the chase and dis­cuss the maestro’s latest effort, i.e. the LP entitled “The Elephants of Mars”, which was actually something of a surprise to these ears in that it differs…

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA – Lint XXV (Remastered Anniversary Edition)

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/HouseofShakira/ Swedish melodic rockers House of Shakira recently released this nicely packaged double disc edition of their debut offering “Lint”, which is turning 25 this year. The booklet contains some interesting liner notes, but more importantly, you get a remastered version of the album as well as an entire disc containing…

SOFT FFOG – Soft Ffog

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://facebook.com/Softffog/ The recently launched Norwegian label named Is It Jazz? Records is off to a flying start with this deftly executed 4-track LP by prog rockers Soft Ffog who also hail from Norway. Well, jazz prog rockers, I suppose. For those of you out there who crave thunderous riffs, fret not…

NEW HORIZON – Gate of the Gods

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: New Horizon – Startside | Facebook What a kick-ass love letter to classic heavy metal this wildly catchy debut offering by the Swedish out­fit New Horizon is. Spearheaded by the inimitable Erik Grönwall (Skid Row, ex-H.E.A.T.) on vocals and multi-instrumentalist Jona Tee (H.E.A.T.), this gifted act delivers epic riffs, muscular songs,…

RADIOACTIVE – XXX

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Tommy Denander The supremely talented Tommy Denander recently put this impressive and superbly written album of his out via Frontiers Records, and this is simply a fabulous mixture of hard rock, classic rock, and AOR/melodic rock. Deftly executed, versatile, and full of excitement, the record is packed with everything from high-octane…

RUST N’ RAGE – One for the Road

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/rustnrageofficial The promising Finnish outfit Rust N’ Rage released their debut album just a few weeks ago and there is reason to rejoice if hook-laden, well-written hard rock with plenty of drive and energy to it is what your mind and body crave. Consisting of eleven tunes that all encompass the…

STRANGE HORIZON – Beyond the Strange Horizon

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Beyond The Strange Horizon | Strange Horizon (bandcamp.com) Yes, this is just what the good doctor ordered; a thoroughly convincing and energetic stoner rock/doom metal opus that pays tribute to the days of yore when fuzzy riffs ruled the roost and records were heavy as fuck while simultaneously looking to the…

MECCA – 20 Years

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: Mecca – Startside | Facebook Mecca is one of those outfits that I have heard and read about previously but never actually listened to until now, and I must say that this collection containing the group’s three studio albums is quite impressive and oozes class and professionalism. We are essentially talking…

GIRISH AND THE CHRONICLES – Hail to the Heroes

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.girishandthechronicles.com/ The Indian hard rockers Girish and the Chronicles have made quite a name for themselves in the scene these past few years, and judging by the quality of this incredibly driven and energetic offering of theirs, it is easy to see why people are freaking out about this talented group.…

SUNRUNNER – Sacred Arts of Navigation

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Sacred Arts Of Navigation | Sunrunner | Fastball-Music (bandcamp.com) I was intrigued by the album artwork and the song titles to “Sacred Arts of Navigation” by the US quartet known as Sunrunner and very much looking forward to immersing myself in the 11-track opus, but sadly, their particular mixture of prog…

DEGREED – Are You Ready

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: degreed (degreedmusic.com) The latest output by Swedish hard rockers Degreed sounds absolutely massive in every sense of the word and if you desire passionate vocals, an incredibly tight and powerful rhythm section, and thunderous choruses that will blow you away, look no further than “Are You Ready”. Listening to these barnstormers…

RICKY WARWICK & THE FIGHTING HEARTS – Unplugged Live Full Band Performance from Backstage at KK’s Steel Mill – 23.03.2022 – Wolverhampton

VENUE: KK’s Steel MillDATE: 23.03.2022 ORGANIZER: StageIt   Renowned songwriter Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy) is currently touring the UK with his insanely talented solo outfit named The Fighting Hearts, but a couple of hours before they went onstage at KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton on a Wednesday night, they did a little…

TEN – Here Be Monsters

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: HOME | TEN Official Receiving a promotional copy of an album by TEN is always a treat, and their latest effort, “Here Be Monsters”, is a gorgeous slab of well-crafted hard rock with a poetic quality and an enchanting atmosphere to it. Warm and heartfelt vocals infuse the compositions with passion…

CITY OF LIGHTS – Before the Sun Sets

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/cityoflightsbanduk/ City of Lights recently released this 12-track debut offering of theirs via Frontiers Records, and what immediately becomes apparent when spinning the disc is that these guys are massive fans of melodic hard rock’s glory days. There is a lot to like about this one; the crisp and punchy production…

TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS – Tyrant Lizard King

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.tyrannosaurusnebulous.com/ The good people over at Stampede Press mailed a promo copy of this twelve-track sonic assault my way and I am forever grateful to them for doing so. Apart from being visually impressive with respect to the artwork, there was something about the cool song titles that drew me in…

MANIC SINNERS – King of the Badlands

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/manicsinners/ Energetic hard rock from the country of Romania is what we have here and the 12-track effort that is “King of the Badlands” contains a pretty decent number of hooks and powerful riffs. The sound is crunchy and packs punch while the interplay between the three members of the ensemble…

LIONVILLE – So Close to Heaven

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://nb-no.facebook.com/LIONVILLEofficial I am quite fond of the previous offering by the Italian outfit named Lionville, more specifically the album titled “Magic is Alive” from 2020, and so naturally, I was looking forward to the follow-up. Thankfully, “So Close to Heaven” is just as good if not slightly better than its predecessor,…

DIRTY LACES – L’Esprit Du Temps

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: DiRTY LACES (@dirtylacesband) • Instagram-billeder og -videoer The Mancunian punk-inspired hard rockers Dirty Laces were an unknown outfit to yours truly until I received a promo copy of this spirited four-track EP of theirs titled “L’Esprit Du Temps” a few weeks ago, and what we have here is a fabulous cocktail…

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